Harley-Davidson's 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition deserves to take a bow, thanks to its modular Arrow, featuring an all-electric running system coming from the LiveWire lab in California. Within just eighteen minutes, the Del Mar Limited Edition was announced, all one hundred of these models were already sold out. When taking a closer look at 2023's limited edition models, it is observed the customer has a choice between the color schemes of Comet Indigo or Jasper Gray, all of which are hand-applied with opposite-fade paint styles. The nineteen-inch cast-aluminum wheels with the complex spoke pattern allow lateral stiffness in order to improve handling. Priced at $17,699.00 USD the S2 Del Mar comes from the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations production line located in York, Pennsylvania.
The Arrow S2 powertrain, however, is produced out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the official home of the Harley-Davidson brand. So far, the specifications for this new breed of EV motorcycles had yet to be officially confirmed as they're not scheduled to be released until Spring 2023. However, it is promised by LiveWire the Del Mar models will have an eighty-horsepower machine run by its electric motor as an EV-designed motorcycle.. Story has it LiveWire's latest lineup will take 3.5 seconds to go from zero to sixty miles per hour with its 440-pound frame. That makes the Del Mar lighter in weight than the LiveWire One by over one hundred pounds, perhaps making it even more ideal to use within city limits. The goal is to reach a city range of one hundred miles when fully charged. The idea is to feature the 2023 S2 Del Mar models as a modern street tracker, featuring an inverted fork, single shock, and number plate style headlight nacelle. Bar-end mirrors, bobbed fenders, and Brembo brake calipers also make up the design of this bike which also has a seating capacity of two riders.
Everything You Need To Know
As quoted by Jochen Zeitz, current President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Harley-Davidson, this EV motorcycle serves as the next step in the evolution of the company's LiveWire brand. The intent is to lead the motorcycle industry in EV technology and establish LiveWire in the exact same manner as an iconic brand as the legendary Harley-Davidson itself. The Arrow architecture going into the S2 Del Mar features a 21,700-cell battery pack, a sophisticated electronic system, and one motor in a singular component that will also serve as the bike's chassis. The current modular design allows LiveWire to adapt the platform for a variety of different models in the upcoming future, as the design and engineering teams have planned. This new design took half the amount of time for the Del Mar to be produced as opposed to the LiveWire One. Another great feature of this new series is how the electronics unit is powered by the inverter, onboard charger, and vehicle controller. This unit has integrated into Del Mar's architecture that keeps all high-voltage connections internal. The direct-drive motor has no secondary gear reduction, therefore maximizing the efficiency and torque delivery without producing much noise. As for the bike's rear suspension, this is directly attached to the motor, therefore eliminating the need to install a separate frame. The asymmetrical swingarm design is what the Arrow architecture uses, giving a boomerang-shaped appearance on the right side and a straighter bar on the left.
There are four different ride modes, as well as custom modes, that are provided with opportunities to update the software via Over-the-Air (OTA). The performance level of the 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition will be no different than the regular production models. The only real difference comes in the special graphics and wheels. As mentioned earlier, these limited editions will come either in Comet Indigo or Jasper Gray, whichever color scheme the customer wishes to go with. The paint schemes undergo a process of five days as the coloring process is applied by hand. The tracker-style handlebars allow the rider to sit in an upright position while the footpegs are positioned right beside the motor. There is also a thin flyscreen that sits above the bike's headlight and is bracketed by two round turn indicators fitting around its pill-like shape. Sitting behind the screen is a circular full-color display. As for the tires, they are Dunlop DT1. According to Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson and its LiveWire division are still working out finer details in order to achieve the level of performance they have promised to deliver by the scheduled launch time frame of Spring 2023.
History of LiveWire
The vision behind Harley-Davidson and LiveWire has been to create the next generation of motorcycles as the focus on EV units increases with hopes to put an end to the production of combustion-style vehicles as the world focuses more than ever on making the clean break away from the use of fossil fuels. With the pressure mounting between governments and consumers, as well as the increase in fuel prices, the stress to push into the world of EV-style motorcycles has never been as great as it is now. The vision of Harley-Davidson, a company that has trekked down the road as a leader in the industry since 1903, has already taken a big step with its LiveWire brand as of 2014. For riders, driving through the city can now be done so quietly but without the loss of a sensational riding experience that only a genuine Harley-Davidson brand can give. The beauty of these LiveWire's EV units offers immediate, linear power without the need to shift gears or operate a clutch. The single-speed transmission allows for a better connection to the road, therefore increasing rider confidence as the need to worry about the clutch has been eliminated. As new technology continues to open new doors, so does the parent company and its subsidiary continue to adapt, enabling the concerns and demands from the consumer market is not just met but exceeded. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has been among the leaders as a world-class motorcycle brand. Since 2014, LiveWire has joined the ranks among EV-cycle producers to pave the way for riders to continue the thrill of two-wheeled driving machines alive.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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